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Hospital Compare


Description

This tool provides patients with information on how well the hospitals in their area care for all their adult patients with certain medical conditions, such as heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, or surgical infection prevention. This information helps the patient, the health care provider, family, and friends compare the quality of care provided in the acute-care hospitals (general hospitals) and critical access hospitals (small, remote hospitals) that agree to submit data on the quality of certain services they provide for certain conditions.

This site allows the consumer to:

  • Select all acute care hospitals and all critical access hospitals in a geographic area
  • Identify hospital accreditation by private, nationally recognized groups
  • Select from the following conditions:
    • Heart attack (AMI) care
    • Heart failure care
    • Pneumonia care
    • Surgical infection prevention
  • View quality measures
  • Read a brief explanation of treatment

Hospitals can be searched by:

  • State
  • County
  • City
  • Zip code
  • Hospital name
Links to the Tool:
This tool is available at: http://www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare/search.html

Developer

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; Hospital Quality Alliance

Funding Sources

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


QualityTool Topic

benchmarking/comparative data


History

  • Release Date: 03/2005
  • Review Date: 12/2007
  • Recent Summary: 03/2008
  • Original Summary: 04/2005
Disclaimer: The inclusion of a tool in the Innovations Exchange does not constitute or imply an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality or Westat of the tool or of the submitter or developer of the tool. Read more.

Last updated: April 09, 2014.